Female Japanese Journalist Killed in Syria

A Japanese journalist was killed during gunfire, allegedly from government troops, in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday. The victim is female reporter, Mika Yamamoto, who belongs to the Tokyo-based freelance journalist association, Japan Press. Her colleague, Kazutaka Sato, told NHK they entered Aleppo on Monday and were accompanying opposition troops to report on the Syrian conflict. They came across soldiers apparently with the government, and were suddenly sprayed by bullets. Sato said Yamamoto was about 3 meters behind him before they separated while escaping. He found Yamamoto dead at a nearby hospital after the one-hour gun battle ended. A doctor told Sato that the female journalist had lost much blood and was already dead when she was carried into the hospital. Sato accompanied her body to Turkey.